Frequently Asked Questions

This is the Geographic Information System (GIS) Department's FAQ summary page.

  1. What is the total length of roads, sidewalks, trails and laneways in the City? 
  2. What is the total length of municipal utilities in the City? 
  3. What is the geographic area of Grande Prairie? 
  4. What is the price to buy City maps? 
  5. Can I get a custom map made for an area of the City? 
  6. Is there a charge to use the Online Public GIS Viewer? 
  7. What is GIS? 
  8. Can I buy maps for areas outside of the City of Grande Prairie? 
  9. What software does the City use for digital mapping and GIS? 
  10. What is an Orthophoto?

Q: What is the total length of roads, sidewalks, trails and laneways in the City?
A:
Please refer to our Capital Planning & Construction, for current lengths of roads, sidewalks, trails and laneways.  This information is maintained by Engineering Services Department.

Q: What is the total length of municipal utilities in the City?
A:
Please refer to our annual statistics page, for current lengths of water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer utilities under the Utility Infrastructure Statistics Document.

Q: What is the geographic area of Grande Prairie?
A:
Please refer to our annual statistics page, for current lengths of water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer utilities under the Utility Infrastructure Statistics Document.

Q: What is the price to buy City maps?
A:
Please refer to the Schedule of Fees for a complete list of hardcopy and softcopy maps you can purchase.

Q: Can I get a custom map made for an area of the City?
A:
Yes, we can make up custom maps for areas of the City. Information layers we can add to these maps include the following: 

  1. Legal survey linework
  2. Municipal utilities
  3. Digital aerial photograph
  4. Building footprints
  5. Municipal addresses
  6. 1.0m and 0.5m contour intervals
  7. Custom text
  8. Custom symbols
  9. Etc.

The cost for custom maps depends on the amount of data, and time it takes to complete the work. Please refer to our schedule of fees for more information, or contact us directly at gpgis@cityofgp.com.

Q: Is there a charge to use the Online Public Geographic Information System (GIS) Viewer?
A:
No, there is no charge to use the Online Public GIS Viewer. You are free to use this public site whenever you can, and to recommend this to others that you feel may benefit from it. Please ensure you download the mapguide plug-in prior to accessing the site, or you won't gain access - just follow the "Interactive Maps" link in "this section" or "quick links". Happy Mapping!

Q: What is Geographic Information System (GIS)?
A:
A GIS is a computer hardware and software system capable of handling the storage, manipulation, analysis and display of spatial data and related attribute data. In essence, GIS enables digital mapping information, or CAD (computer aided drafting) files, to graphically represent a database of information. Example of this, is coordinates in a database for sanitary sewer manholes, can be mapped in GIS, and color coded by the type of manhole, or the year it was installed.

Q: Can I buy maps for areas outside of the City of Grande Prairie?
A:
We do not have any other municipality maps for sale, other than the City of Grande Prairie. Please contact the County of Grande Prairie, for County maps.

Q: What software does the City use for digital mapping and GIS?
A:
The City uses Autodesk Map, for all our digital mapping, and we use Autodesk Mapguide for our distributed GIS application.

Q: What is an Orthophoto?
A: Orthophoto is a map created from aerial photos taken from a specially designed camera carried on a plane. They are flown at different scales.

In conjunction with the Autodesk Mapguide software, we also use a .Net and client side scripting environment combined with various digital data formats.

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